Screaming Bald Eagle
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|This young Bald Eagle was shot at the Hawk Conservancy near Andover, UK. Some light croping to enhance the composition and level adjustment were the only PP requirements for this shot. ISO 200, monopod and fill flash.|
Common Name: bald eagle
Genus species: Haliaeetus (sea eagle) leucocephalus (white head)
Size: 1 m (3 ft.) in height; 2.3 m (7 ft.) wing span
Weight: males 3.5 to 4 kg (8-9 lb.), females 4.5 to 6 kg (10-14 lb.)
Description: Adults at 4 to 5 yrs. are identified by their white head and tail, solid brown body, and large, curved, yellow bill. Juveniles have blotchy patches of white on their underside and tail.
Life span: up to 30 years in the wild, longer in captivity
Sexual maturity: 4 to 5 years of age
Incubation: 31 to 45 days
Habitat: live and nest near coastlines, rivers, lakes, wet prairies, and coastal pine lands in North America from Alaska and Canada south into Florida and Baja, California.
Diet: prefer fish swimming close to the water's surface, small mammals, waterfowl, wading birds, dead animal matter (carrion).
Status: listed by USFWS as threatened in all but three of the lower 48 states and protected by CITES; populations are healthy in Alaska
1. The bald eagle is not really bald; it actually has white feathers on its head, neck, and tail. Bald is a derivation of balde, an Old English word meaning white. The eagle was named for its white feathers instead for a lack of feathers.
2. Bald eagles may use the same nest year after year, adding more twigs and branches each time. One nest was found that had been used for 34 years and weighed over two tons!
3. The bald eagle can fly 20 to 40 mph in normal flight and can dive at speeds over 100 mph.
4. Bald eagles can actually swim! They use an overhand movement of the wings that is very much like the butterfly stroke.
5. More than 80% of the bald eagle population in the southeastern United States is concentrated within the state of Florida.
Ecology and Conservation
Bald eagles are a very important part of the environment. By eating dead animal matter, they help with nature's clean-up process. Bald eagles are also hunters, so they keep animal populations strong. They do this by killing weak, old, and slower animls, leaving only the healthiest to survive.
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- [2006-05-03 15:19]
very good the portrait,very nice is fantastastic,
- [2006-05-03 15:34]
A beauty my friend, unusual pose, he looks as if he is howling at the moon :-) Excellent detail and exposure, beautiful light in the eye. This bird really does have spectacular eyes. Wonderful shot.
Hi Mark, outstanding portrait! The light is perfect. Very good composed. I like colours and details.
- [2006-05-03 15:47]
I've never seen such an artistic photo of an eagle! You've achieved great detail, vivid colors and sharp focus. But most of all - you have achieved a great moment of the bird's life...
Very nice level of detail and good colours - great portrait!
- [2006-05-03 16:51]
Very nice portrait! Perfect exposure and lighting, excellent details and nicely framed.
Thanks for sharing!
- [2006-05-03 21:36]
An other great shot,this close up is fantastic.
- [2006-05-04 1:20]
Wow, Mark. Great shot.
Excellent timing, sharp details and fabulous framing.
What a fantastic close-up. TFS. : )
Excellente pose, great details and natural colors
In a friendly way Christophe
Excellent colors, DOF, POV, BG just perfect!!!
- [2006-05-04 12:51]
- jeker (22)
- [2012-08-31 15:04]